Schiff: Trump shows pattern of targeting people who corroborate Comey

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE is firing people who claim they can corroborate former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom MORE on possible obstruction of justice charges.

Schiff pointed to the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe MORE on Friday as the latest example.

“The fact that McCabe and every other of the James Comey associates … who corroborate James Comey on the issue of potential obstruction of justice, every one of them has been targeted by the administration, by the Republicans in Congress and is this because they corroborate James Comey?” Schiff told ABC’s “This Week.”

“That’s a question we also have to answer,” Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said.


Schiff charged that Trump has targeted Comey’s general counsel James Baker and his chief of staff James Rybicki because they back a possible case that Trump obstructed justice in the FBI investigation of Russian election interference and possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign. Both FBI staffers were removed from their positions by new FBI Director Christopher Wray, but the FBI denied reports they were pushed out due to their previous association with Comey.

Trump fired Comey last May. Days afterward, the Justice Department appointed Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE to take over the FBI's investigation into Russian actions.

McCabe, who Sessions fired on Friday for allegedly disclosing unauthorized information to the press and failing to be candid about it with investigators, argued that his firing is an effort to undermine the Mueller investigation.

Trump has criticized McCabe for months and celebrated his ouster over the weekend. According to Trump, McCabe was biased and tainted by the Democratic campaign his wife ran in Virginia, where she accepted campaign donations from a Clinton ally.

Schiff said he is unsure if McCabe’s firing is justified.

“His firing may be justified, there is no way for us to know at this point,” Schiff said. “But even though it may have been justified it can also be tainted.”